Today’s top connection tip is all about eye contact. Even for just a brief moment, when your eyes connect with another person hundreds of messages can be passed between the two of you. Think about when you are at the shops and you are busy walking down an aisle, then you look up and someone … Continue reading Eye See You
I have listened to fellow educators who have a child or children in their class who they deemed to be struggling with their behaviour. The educators are often clearly agitated, take things very personally and have an overwhelming sense of fear or dread about going to work each day. When you feel like this, you … Continue reading Judgement
As children, we can find the simplest of things to be the funniest thing *EVER* to have happened in the history of our short lives on this planet. Laughter is one of the first noises that most babies start making around 3-4 months of age. At 2 months they can start smiling and they use … Continue reading Behavior Management is Just a Laugh Away
Hunter-gatherers and farming villagers don’t write parenting handbooks, much less read them. But parents in WEIRD societies — Western, educated, industrialized, rich and democratic — can still learn a few childrearing lessons from their counterparts in small-scale societies.
A few months back, I came across a song from Tom Hunter and Bev Bos (more Bev Bos here) I simply fell in love with. It really resonated with me, what I offer in my program, the importance of relationships and being a part of our group, and the essence of what family childcare is about. I find myself singing this song all day…mostly in the morning when they arrive, various times throughout the day, and sometimes even when the children are long gone for the evening.
Corporal punishment has declined so rapidly in the United States in the last 15 years that many people think it's practically nonexistent in modern American public schools. To the contrary, more than 109,000 students were paddled, swatted, or otherwise physically punished in U.S. classrooms in 2013-14, according to Education Week Research Center analyses of the … Continue reading Corporal Punishment Use Found in Schools in 21 States
Parenting can be a humbling and embarrassing experience, especially when we find ourselves at the mercy of our children’s guilelessness. Young children say and do what they feel. While this instinct is endearing, even admirable, it can also be a bit awkward in the moment when, for example, our daughter spots a topless man in … Continue reading You’ll Be Sorry – Children and Apologies
My Granddaughter, Rowan, turns 5 on May 6 and we're giving her a tablet for her birthday. We didn't rush into the decision. It came with plenty of consideration and introspection. A Google search leads you to plenty of information on why too much screen time can be bad for kids and reasons for limiting it. … Continue reading A Tablet For Grandbaby